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Update from Professor Mandy Fader

Research update

There is much to celebrate amongst our research groups this term with many tasters in the ‘congratulations’ section of this newsletter. The Macmillan Survivorship Research Group led by Prof. Claire Foster has gained a very substantial award to set up a centre that aims to study the health outcomes and experiences of cohorts of cancer patients before treatment and over their life-course and to explore the consequences of different diagnoses and treatments from the individual’s perspective.

A further NIHR grant within the Complex Healthcare Processes research group was gained by Dr. Sue Duke and colleagues to support carers providing end of life care during the transition from hospital to the individuals preferred place of care.

In addition, Dr. Carol Rivas and collaborators secured an NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research award to develop an automated system for analysing survey free text with a focus on the Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES) in order to make best use of CPES data to enhance cancer service delivery.

The Active Living and Rehabilitation research group gained several awards with Prof. Jane Burridge and colleagues receiving the first NIHR i4i grant to be awarded to the university. This project aims to study mechanical muscle activity using novel technologies in order to improve arm recovery following stroke. Also from this group, Dr. Dorit Kunkel received an EPSRC Sand-pit grant to hold PPI events on sensing the sole of the foot and Prof. Jo Adams and colleagues were awarded an Arthritis UK grant to run the ‘OTTER’ trial to examine the clinical effectiveness and efficacy of splinting for thumb base osteoarthritis.

We welcome Ruth Saw as our new Senior Research Support Officer to help us gain grants and fellowships – and thank Charlotte Stringer (our out-going research support officer) and Jenny Baverstock for developing the Fellowship Guidance document which will be launched in the new year. We will be promoting this vigorously next term to help staff gain fellowships from insurance funders (AXA) through to EC Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships. We welcome Jess Comper back from maternity leave to continue work on the REF and Athena Swan amongst other projects. The new website platform is a great improvement to the old and works on mobiles through to desk-tops. Margaret Bush has been working hard to update our research pages and profiles so please check yours and send through any amendments to Margaret.

Professor Mandy Fader
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